Daisy's love in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the

character of Daisy Buchanan has many instances where

her life and love of herself, money, and materialism

come into play. Daisy is constantly portrayed as

someone who is only happy when things are being given

to her and circumstances are going as she has planned

them. Because of this, Daisy seems to be the character

that turns Fitzgerald's story from a tale of wayward

love to a saga of unhappy lives.

Fitzgerald portrays Daisy as a 'doomed' character

from the very beginning of the novel. She seems

concerned only of her own stability and is sometimes

not ready to go though what she feels she must do to

continue the life that she has grown to know. She

tells that she only married Tom Buchanan for the

security he offered and love had little to do with the

issue. Before her wedding, Jordan Baker finds Daisy in

her hotel room,

'groping around in the waste-basket she

had with her on the bed and pull[ing] out

[a] string of pearls.

'Take 'em down-stairs

and give 'em back.... Tell 'em all Daisy's


change' her mine... She began to cry - she cried

and cried... we locked the door and got her into

a cold bath.' (Fitzgerald 77)

Money seems to be one of the very top priorities in

her life, and everyone that she surrounds herself

with, including her daughter, seem to accept this as

mere fact with her. She lives in one of the most elite

neighborhoods in the state, in one of the most elegant

houses described in the book, and intends very much

for her daughter to grow up much like she has. 'And I

hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl

can be...